Trump and Fascism

It is apparent to me that the wave of Islamic terrorism coupled with mass immigration caused by war and economic factors created a fear and siege mentality.

In the UK Islamic terrorism, Muslim immigration and Eastern European immigration caused a big xenophobic fear that was exploited by Farage, Cummings and Johnson to create Brexit.

In the States it was Islamic terrorism (9-11) coupled with mass immigration from central America that resulted in fear and Trump.

Populist leaders, such as Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Modi, Orban and Erdogan were quick to exploit fears, ramp up division and promise easy solutions. Once in power they began taking over the democratic processes and consolidating their power. This includes suppressing votes in opposition areas, taking over the media, spilling out propaganda and controlling the machinery for the democratic process.

In the UK this involves changing boundaries, suppressing protest, controlling the tabloid press and loading the BBC with Tories. There is no way of contesting the lies and nobody is ever accountable. They lie, pour out fake news and propaganda with impunity.

In the USA Trump took over the Republican party, Used voter suppression, poured out a stream of lies and propaganda, promised walls, encouraged and condoned violence and in the final end tried to take the election by force in an insurrection,

Throughout the world this division and scapegoating has empowered the racists, xenophobes and other fascist groups.

What we are seeing is fascism in action.

In America Trump was kicked out – but only just!

He hasn’t gone away. His legacy is a large base of empowered racists, xenophobes and white supremacists. They are waiting for him to reappear. He could yet return and finish the job.

So how do you get rid of autocratic fascists who seize the mechanisms of democracy?

This wave of populist fascism has not gone away!

Ban the Racist Bastards Booing antiracism!!

Let’s not pussyfoot around!! We’re either against racism or we aren’t!

If a bunch of racist thugs want to boo when sportspeople take the knee they need kicking out! There’s no room for racism. Booing antiracist is the same as cheering racism!!

They are a bunch of racist scum!!

We have the means to identify them! They aren’t fans. They are fascist scum! BAN THEM!!

Why is there even a debate????

Booing equals racism!!

The Boos of the Witless

I have to ask what has gone wrong with our country? It seems that Brexit has empowered every mindless racist yob to come out from under their stones.

Booing an antiracist gesture is obscene. If I was a footballer I wouldn’t want to perform for such an unpleasant bunch of morons!

They make me ashamed to be British!

The Boos of the Witless | Twohundredpercent

Poetry – Pigeon-holing

Pigeon-holing

Pigeon-holing is laziness.

It stops you having to think.

You don’t have to challenge your ideas

Or search for the missing link.

The herd mentality

Like to reinforce those labels

With uniforms and badges

That get stuck to lapels.

Everything is neat and tidy –

Neoliberal, fascist

Individualist and freak –

Slotting into little holes

Like the days of yesterweek.

But nobody fits into those patterns

Like they were all mindless fools,

Indoctrinated morons

Or kids deprived of schools.

Each one of us is totally unique,

A law unto themselves,

Not the stereotyped person

You wish to seek.

So listen to what they might have to share

And weigh up their words with great care.

You might learn something;

It might make you think.

Opher 26.12.2017

There is a laziness involved with stereotyping people – we no longer see them as people! They become two-dimensional objects without personality or views. They are merely seen as numbers to slot into a hole. They can be ignored, ridiculed and cast aside. Their opinions are of no consequence. They are no longer real people, with real views. They are just a cardboard cut-out. But we are all different. We all have views. We are all important.

Poetry – Flags, Anthems and Pledges

Flags, Anthems and Pledges

Flags, anthems and pledges

Brainwashing instruments

That restrict freedoms.

Nationalist fascism,

Flaky around the edges,

Warlords and fiefdoms.

Tying us in to allegiance

To forces that exploit our desires.

Strangulating our freedoms

With their economic empires.

Consumer units under control

Slotted into the patriotic hole.

Opher 26.12.2017

As Samuel Johnson said – Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Patriotism, with its entire flag waving tribalism, is nothing more than a fiction to manipulate people by. It comes straight out of its partner nationalism and is the cause of much war and conflict.

Populist politicians use it to gain power. Businessmen harness it to gain profit.

It is visceral not cerebral and it panders to the gut rather than the brain. Many a brave lad full of ideals has been beguiled and used. Many a brave lad has returned with his legs blown off, his mind scrambled and his future in tatters all for the love of a notion of country. To quote the great Wilfred Owen (himself a victim twice over) – The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.

Poetry – We are all speaking with our glands

We are all speaking with our glands

Speaking with chemicals and not electricity

Creates a morass of thought

In which to wade.

Stances selected subliminally

Create allegiance to tribal stance,

And not renegade.

We select the facts

To fit the answers

We desire to hear

And reject all opposition

Out of accentuated fear.

All we can be certain of

Is that the truth

Rarely does appear.

For allowing our glands to rule

Opens us to control.

Those who pull the strings

Know exactly how to push the buttons.

They feed in the manicured ‘facts’

To reinforce the message

For which we are the gluttons.

We cannot discern the truth with chemicals

We must apply electricity.

Then wading through the fake news

Is a path of more simplicity.

For division is the devil’s trade

And the friend of the politician.

While cooperation is our strength

When making our decisions.

Opher 18.12.2017

Politicians are using propaganda to deliberately arouse emotions. By creating fear and hatred they can manipulate the population. Hormones muddle thinking. A person does not think clearly when brains are flooded with adrenaline. All they want is action.

Brains run best on electricity.

It is always good to think with your head and not your gut.

Racism and fear of strangers is the way that fascism spreads its evil tendrils. Populist politicians gain popularity through arousing anger, fear and hate. They create tribalism and divide.

A friendly smile and a welcoming hand is always better than a fist and boot. NO BLACKS  NO IRISH  NO DOGS  NO SENSE

Poetry – Choose a Side

Choose a Side

It’s hard to choose a side

When both sides are wrong.

Hard to believe the news

When propaganda’s strong.

We use our intuition

To read between the lines.

Probing through the entrails

Interpreting the signs.

When anybody asks you:

Who’s side are you on.

Say you’re still deciding

And you hope it won’t take long!

Opher – 19.5.2021

When faced with the fanatical religious Jews using obscure biblical claims for lands that they’ve never lived in and the bullying terror of the Hamas scum; it’s hard.

I can’t defend either.

As bad as each other? Possibly. I can’t decide.

I just wish that instead of falling into the hands of extremists who feed off hate and martyrdom people were able to listen to tolerance and rational thought. Instead of religious extremism they practiced empathy and compassion.

You reap what you sow.

Violence breeds hate.

Death breeds martyrdom.

It’s an all-consuming cycle.

It needs breaking – talk, reparation and concord.

Fascism – the cause and who is milking it.

Patriotism is just nationalism dressed up pretty – both despicable. One people – one world – all important.

The cause of fascism?

It’s when people start being in fear of their jobs or struggling to survive. They look for the reasons. The fascist politicians like Trump point to immigrants, blacks and Latinos. They say stupid shit like Make America Great Again, Build Walls and support outdated industry.

It’s no answer but it makes sense to some people.

The real problem is inequality. AI and automation have made ordinary workers redundant. Outsourcing to third world countries with cheap labour and terrible work conditions, no health and safety and no environmental limitations exacerbates the problem.

The rich get richer at the expense of the poor.

Trump was cynical. He played on the fears and hopes. He is a billionaire, masquerading as a friend to the poor, who was feathering his nest, stirring up division and hate and coming up with silly solutions for his own ends..

Walls and old tech are not going to solve this. The wealthy have to be taxed more leading to a greater distribution of wealth. At present, it is all being channelled to the top.

We’re only seeing the tip of this. Much worse is to come.

When driverless cars and self-stacking supermarkets happen the drivers and shelf-stackers on zero-hours will be pushed out. The majority of people will not be needed. The wealthy owners will take all the money.

We either sort it with taxation or we end up with the extreme wealthy living in walled communities protected by drones and robots while the rest of us fight it out for scraps in order to survive on nothing. That’s when it descends into Mad Max and fascism.

The people who support Trump or Bolsonaro foolishly think these macho guys will fix it.

The macho guys like Trump and Bolsonaro are conning them all. They are part of the problem. They are the billionaires siphoning off the money. They don’t want to ‘fix’ the problem. They offer short-term solutions.

Fascism breeds off fear, insecurity, inequality and dread of the future. Fascism requires scapegoats, elitism and easy solutions. Fascism is the ultimate right-wing control.

Bye Bye Donny an X-rated Farewell Song For Trump

Impeached for a second time, discredited, exposed and shamed. He tried to organise a coup to steal the Presidency. He incited mass insurrection —– and —— life his business empire ——– he failed.

Even the Republicans left with some degree of integrity realise that he is a fascist piece of scum whose incompetence has led to hundreds of thousands of American deaths.

Goodbye Donny – we’ll miss you! We’ll miss the empowerment of Nazis and the lies! We’ll miss the racism, misogyny, hate and division!

Now we’ll have to see if the Republican senators have a shred of morality left!

Bye Bye Donny – A Farewell Song for Trump – YouTube

A Letter in the Guardian that says a lot about Covid, Brexit and the Hostile Environment. Jane Ghosh.

John Peachey sent me this through. It sums up what a lot of us think. There is an underlying racism that lurks in a segment of our population. It is a hatred of foreigners. It fuelled Brexit and created a nasty hostile environment – a policy adopted by the Tory Home Office under Priti Patel, that drove many crucial workers out of the country – highly competent doctors, nurses and carers, vegetable pickers and factory workers. Just the very people we all rely on during this pandemic.

Jane Ghosh summed it up.

‘Hospitals face horrendous choices over who gets care’
When will the public and our government wake up to the fact that we have been landed in this situation because EU and commonwealth citizens have been made to feel unwanted by Brexit rhetoric, anti immigration measures and entrenched xenophobia? If we had welcomed people to work here, our Nightingale hospitals could have been staffed and there would be no need to ration care.
Jane Ghosh.Bristol